The editors of Seznam Zpráv have selected the most interesting opinions for the Readers’ Forum from the discussion of the article about the police’s announced crackdown on truck drivers on the busiest domestic highway.
Jaroslav Kasika: It would be enough to install cameras in those places, as they have, for example, on the highway from Munich to Nuremberg, and to connect a system for automatically sending fines for violations. Not only would it pay off quickly, but drivers would gradually calm down and finally start driving according to the rules. It already works that way in France or Great Britain, and I was surprised how drivers there now observe the prescribed maximum speed on the highway and on state roads.
Michal Krčál: However, driving at a speed lower than 80 km/h must also be punished. Just yesterday I met old Avia there, who was driving about 60 km/h. I can’t imagine how a convoy of trucks several kilometers long will drag behind it. And in the left lane there will be an equally long column of cars that will drive a hundred behind someone who is not in a hurry.
Miroslav Dobeš: Since I’ve been riding the D1 almost every day for several years, I can compare. So in Brno, when construction began and there was a narrowing, the columns used to be two to three km long. Thus, an overtaking ban was introduced for trucks from Popůvek, and the convoy grew to five km. That’s how the ban was imposed from Ostrovačice = column of seven km. The ban was therefore extended to Velká Bíteš, the convoy responded for 15 km. The current situation is a ban from Jihlava and last week a column of 39 km. And it wasn’t an accident or snow. One would think that it would happen to someone with a normal education, but I believe that those responsible at the ŘSD will come to the conclusion that the ban must be everywhere and will successfully drag the convoy from Brno to Jihlava. The problem in Brno is specific, and the ban on overtaking did not solve it, it even made the situation worse.
Jindra Kavina: All 20 km convoys are mainly caused by truck accidents or their getting stuck on ice. I would like to thank you for the proposed ban on overtaking, since then the D1 can be driven beautifully, at the most it slows down to 120 for the strudels of obediently driving trucks that have a cab on a semi-trailer on top of them, probably to cause another accident. The best traffic improvement of D1 traffic in recent years.
Jiří Hubka: Trucks overtaking each other is not a problem, those drivers have to be somewhere on time. The maximum speed of these cars is technically limited by a speed limiter, so overtaking takes longer. Some loaded trucks go significantly slower on the hill, so overtaking them by others is fine. The more bans there are, the worse the complications will be. A passenger car will overtake anywhere, because it can go 130 and more if necessary. In a disaster environment, no passing is fine. This could be solved with an additional table.
Jiří Baumgartner: If these prohibitions are not checked and their violation properly punished, for example by banning driving on highways in the Czech Republic not only for the driver, but also for the specific truck with which he committed the offense, plus significantly more significant fines than now, things will never improve. Then the companies themselves will monitor their drivers so that they drive as they should.
Pavel Kovář: Why is overtaking not monitored and automatically fined? Why isn’t there a massive weigh-in? After all, the few cameras (if the current ones are not enough), SW and scales will pay for themselves in a few days thanks to massive ignorance on the part of the truckers. And if there is no will on the part of the police, it is enough to announce a competition, surely there would be a lot of companies that would go for it, because it would mean easy and certain earnings.
Petr Brzezny: It’s interesting how our truck drivers always complain about being bullied etc. However, as soon as they cross the German or Austrian border, they suddenly drive like sheep. They are well aware that the German police would not coddle them and slap them with such a fine that it would probably not be worth their while to drive.
The editors of Seznam Zpráv select the most interesting contributions from the readers’ discussion (some may be editorially shortened). We are interested in your opinions on current topics, and we value debaters who debate politely, to the point, and adhere to the SZ discussion code.
Oldřich Paták: D46 is missing from the list and it is very wild, dangerous overtaking is common here for all nationalities, including Czech truck drivers. Everyone is extremely aggressive in forcing overtaking, I drive here almost every day, during this period I choose parallel traffic outside the Prostějov-Vyškov-Brno highway, i.e. outside the D46 and D1.
Pavel Hrachovec: On his own skin four days ago on the D11: medium traffic and the Pole remembers overtaking on the hill, he overtakes his colleague by two kilometers, he reacted to the flash by braking in the left lane. I know what they are capable of, so I had enough distance, but I still had to hit the brakes pretty hard.